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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Who Wants To Help Me Paint?

We have very old, badly done trim in our tiny house, put up in a hurry by the previous owners in anticipation of visitors.  While it looks rather charming and cabinesque, it isn't quite the look that I want (that look being "finished").

While I was working full time, I had neither the time nor the inclination to do anything about it, and Charles, while being very handy with a paintbrush, would rather be painting icons in his studio than trim in the house.  Although, while I have been gone on various vacations, he has painted the bathroom, the kitchen, and the dining room, but not the trim, being of the you-don't-paint-over-natural-wood school of interior decoration.  Hence the natural (and uneven and slapdash) wood trim, and the lovely natural wood very un-slapdash wainscoting.

So, back to my question.  Since we can't afford to put up new, non-slapdash trim, and I doubt very much that Charles will go for painting the wainscoting, I have decided to paint the doors and the woodwork in our dining room.  Here are some pictures of the room as it is now:

The door to the laundry room, which I want to paint apple green, to pick up the green in the fake Tiffany style window covering.

The view from the dining room into the kitchen (note the chile pepper theme in the kitchen and please don't note the dirty floors).

The dining room window and windowsill shelf (my favorite feature).

The bathroom door and our dish cabinet.

So, my plan is to paint the laundry room door and the bathroom door apple green and the trim white.

Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Special Bulletin - UPDATED!

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a special bulletin:

I love Dwija at House Unseen, Life Unscripted!

Yesterday, her post touched me so much that I had to email her to express my appreciation, and she then heaped loads of cyberlove on me and put a link to the New Jerusalem Workshop Facebook page on her blog.  While the loads of cyberlove would have been enough, the link was the icing on the cake.  Or the cherry on the icing on the cake.  Or the ice cream on the plate with the icing and cherry covered cake.

Dwija - I love you!

If you are not already a huge fan of her blog, please visit her and heap loads of cyberlove on her too!

You may now resume your regular programming.

P.S.  As soon as I figure out how to put a link to the New Jerusalem Workshop Facebook page on my own blog, I will do it too...

I FIGURED IT OUT!  (Look to the right --->)

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Big Trip, Vol. 1

The first leg of my journey took me to Olympia, Washington for the ordination of our newest priest. Olympia is also the home of one of my dearest friends, Lee Ann. She and I met at St. Thomas More School in Portland, Oregon when I was five and she was six. We immediately became best friends and have remained so for 50 (Good Lord!) years.

Charles and I flew from Juneau to Seattle, and Lee Ann picked us up and drove us to Olympia, where we met the wonderful staff of St. Michael Parish, where the ordination was taking place. Charles was the liturgy coordinator and one of the MCs for the ordination.

Charles rehearses with the folks from St. Michael and with (soon to be) Fr. Steve.

Flowers around the altar.

Lee Ann and I visiting at dinner the night before the ordination.

Beautiful metal gate depicting the Crucifixion and the Garden of Eden.

Fr. Steve!

Olympia was a whirlwind of fun, rehearsals, prayer, celebration and most and best of all, seeing Lee Ann!

More adventures to come...stay tuned!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Heading home

I'm flying home tonight and will be posting pictures from my trip very soon! I've missed being able to keep you updated and I have a lot of tales of my adventures to share. See you soon!